Let’s try this again. After all, we’ve typed these words before, but never have they made more sense.
I’m not sure this it is true that “these words” have ever “made more sense”.
This is a low standard for rating an argument.
The Braves need a center fielder until their youngsters are ready, and veteran Ken Griffey Jr. loves Bobby Cox, the accomplished Braves manager, and Griffey’s Cincinnati Reds aren’t going anywhere soon.
I think Kenny Lofton, Tim Spooneybarger, and Bob Wickman are the only players in baseball who don’t like Bobby Cox.
The Reds did just sign Dusty Baker to a hefty multi-year deal, and pick up Adam Dunn’s option, so I don’t think the plan is dump veterans and rebuild.
Griffey is baseball’s cheapest superstar with a highly workable contract.
Griffey was a superstar. Now he is a good player with a propensity for getting injured. There is no time machine involved in this transaction.
I’m not sure what “workable” means, but I don’t see much much positive about Griffey’s current deal. He has one guaranteed year at $12.5 million and an option year of $16.5 million that can be bought out for $4 million. Supposedly, Griffey’s deal has a lot of deferred money, which further complicates the transaction.
He also lives maybe a seven-minute drive from the Braves’ spring complex in Orlando, which would suit the homebody Griffey just fine.
I don’t think there is an issue of Griffey wanting to play for Atlanta.
Get him. Well, the Braves should do so regarding the younger Griffey after they use some of the money they’ve saved from their Edgar Renteria trade to acquire a starting pitcher for a troubled rotation beyond John Smoltz and Tim Hudson.
If the money paid Edgar Renteria was enough to get a solid starting pitcher, then why did the Braves only get two prospects from the Tigers? And after that the Braves can trade Matt Diaz, Willy Aybar, and Jo-Jo Reyes for Joe Blanton and Danny Harren. Yes, I’m being sarcastic.
Wren is strikingly more personable than his predecessor, but they are similar in that they prefer not to discuss names in these situations. Even so, we can use Wren’s philosophies to narrow the Braves’ best option in center during the post-Andruw Jones era to Griffey… (emphasis added)
Mr. Wren, you just learned why John Schuerholz doesn’t talk to the media. If you don’t say what they want, some writers are so used to putting words in your mouth that they don’t even mind saying so in their columns.
…Griffey, the most legitimate slugger of his era with 593 career home runs and no hint of steroid issues.
What does “the most legitimate slugger of his era” mean? I thought he might have meant steroids, but he adds the steroids issue after the “and”. Sounds like being one of Britain’s loudest bands.
As to the “no hint of steroids” comment, why not? He hit a lot of home runs in the steroid era, that seems to be enough to condemn most players. Now, if Griffey is clean, then why can’t other players be assumed to be clean?
While that A-Rod guy, for instance, wants nothing less than $30 million a year from somewhere, Griffey is slated to make $12 million next season in the last year of his Reds contract.
I don’t think this is correct. At a minimum, he is guaranteed $16.5 million—$12.5 million plus $4 million buyout of 2009.
What does A-Rod have to do with this? He’s a far better player than Griffey, so why is it a surprise that he makes more money?
Plus, if Griffey is traded, the Reds would be required to pay approximately half of that amount.
I’m not sure if this is true. Even if it is, it does not make Griffey any cheaper to acquire. The Reds are quite aware that if they trade him, they will have to pay a huge chunk of his salary. This is going to raise their asking price. This means the Braves are going to have to give up more to get him. There is no free lunch here.
There also is every indication that he would defer a chunk of that amount to help his new employers strengthen other areas of their team.
How much more can he defer? Supposedly, he’s already stretched his payments until 2024.
Just like that, the Braves could have a Hall of Famer in waiting for virtually nothing.
I don’t think Griffey’s getting into the HOF for anything he does for the rest of his career, nor is he playing at his previous level. And it’s not like this is a secret.
“Virtually nothing”? Now it was pretty difficult to massage $16.5 million down to $6 million, but I don’t remember the part where $6 million approaches $0.
The Braves could have such a player for two years, maybe three, to help them on the field and at the box office. Then they could plug in one of their slew of rising choices. They have Brent Lillibridge, their Class AAA player of the year. They have Brandon Jones, owner of a collective 100 RBIs last season for two different teams in the minors. They have Jordan Schafer, 21, recently named the player of the week in the Arizona Fall League, and he is the league’s youngest player. They also have Gorkys Hernandez, a speedster just acquired as part of that Renteria deal with the Detroit Tigers.
My favorite part is how Griffey is going to be a stop-gap for two to three years before someone else is ready. This is the first we have heard in this column that Griffey is signed beyond next year (it’s hard to mention the option when you are trying to whittle down $16.5–29 million to “virtually nothing”). If Lillibridge was the Triple-A player of the year last year, why is he going to stick it out in the minor leagues for “two years, maybe three”? And since he’s not signed beyond 2009, I guess Moore anticipates signing Griffey to an additional year. Brandon Jones, didn’t he finish the year in Atlanta? What is he going to be doing for two-three years?
Again, Wren won’t discuss names, but would he grab an established veteran in this situation for the short term? “Sure. No question, no question,” Wren said. “Actually, that would be the ideal. In a perfect world, that would be the ideal.”
Just so you know, Wren grew up in southwestern Ohio cherishing the Big Red Machine.
His favorite player?
Ken Griffey Sr.
So, not only is this a good idea, but Frank Wren is probably going to do this.